Currie Group welcomes ABG’s 4th-generation Converter platform

As the local distributor of A B Graphic International (ABG) finishing equipment, Currie Group’s Mark Daws has welcomed the announcement of ABG’s ‘ground-breaking’ 4th-generation Converter platform.

Mark Daws, director of labels & packaging, Currie Group Australia and New Zealand, told ProPack this is an important announcement for the labels and packaging converters in the local market.

“This is another example of ABG’s continued commitment to more automation and technology advancements in converting. It’s what sets ABG apart from other manufacturers in this space,” Daws said.

Currie Group is the exclusive distributor of ABG finishing equipment in the Australian and New Zealand market.

ABG has described the 4th-generation Converter platform as a “ground-breaking solution that incorporates numerous customer-led innovations, all designed to allow converters to produce more with less”.

According to ABG, the 4th-generation platform is able to achieve running speeds of up to 250m/min. The system handles both printed and blank web materials, thereby enhancing productivity and streamlining production cycles.

“With expanded camera placement options, including the ability to position fleyeVision cameras before or after stripping and adapt web paths, the Converter platform enhances visibility and quality control, ensuring impeccable outcomes,” ABG said.

Matt Burton, ABG’s global sales director, said the Converter platform is meticulously designed to minimise downtime, optimise workspace, and reduce the reliance on highly skilled operators.

“It represents a future-proofed investment that can adapt to evolving needs, keeping businesses at the forefront of the converting industry,” Burton said.

In acknowledging the importance of space optimisation, the Converter platform features a more compact footprint, enabling businesses to make efficient use of their workspace. Downtime is minimised through thoughtful design and innovative engineering, ensuring uninterrupted production and resource savings.

The Converter features a heavy-duty die head, which reduces heat generation during die-cutting. This results in consistent air gap performance with thin liners and precision in die-cutting operations.

The extended rewind and waste rewind roll capacity of up to 800m, compared to the previous 700mm limit, allows for longer production runs. The dual-frame unwind feature and offset brake make roll loading and unloading easier. This feature improves operational efficiency, especially for rolls smaller than 200mm.

The new converter is versatile, allowing customers to run roll to roll, roll to finished product, or roll to sheet, with or without ABG non-stop technology on the unwind or rewind. Easy installation ensures a smooth integration into existing workflows.

The Converter platform’s full modularity enables effortless customisation to meet current and future requirements, providing the flexibility to adapt to evolving industry demands.

Additionally, it can be retrofitted with a wide range of ABG modules, making it possible for businesses to expand their offerings without having to invest in a full new machine.

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